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Southern Blight and Sweetpotato Plant Beds

Warm April weather in North Mississippi provides great growing conditions for sweetpotato plant beds. A few days near the 80s will have sweetpotato shoots pushing up the black plastic mulch that has been covering them since March. However, warm and humid conditions underneath plastic mulch can also provide an ideal environment for Southern blight, a disease . . . → Read More: Southern Blight and Sweetpotato Plant Beds

Wheat Disease Update: April 21, 2014

Wheat diseases remain extremely scarce throughout the MS wheat production system to date. No leaf rust, stripe rust, or Septoria have been observed to my knowledge. However, bacterial leaf streak has become a regular observation in most wheat fields. . . . → Read More: Wheat Disease Update: April 21, 2014

What is the Cut-Off Date for Planting Corn?

Planting Date Study

Much like last year, as rains delay corn planting progress, more concerns arise regarding the appropriate “cut-off” date for planting corn. This article states new guidelines for late corn plantings based upon recent MSU research. . . . → Read More: What is the Cut-Off Date for Planting Corn?

Wheat Foliar Disease Update: April 11, 2014

Wheat diseases have been essentially non-existent this winter. No rust to report and very little of much any other foliar diseases is great news for our wheat farmers. . . . → Read More: Wheat Foliar Disease Update: April 11, 2014

Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part III, Strobilurin-Resistant Frogeye Leaf Spot in Mississippi

Strobilurin-resistant frogeye leaf spot continues to be a topic of conversation. During 2012 two MS counties were confirmed to have strobilurin resistant frogeye leaf spot. Since that time a large survey has been conducted in MS to determine how widespread the resistance is within the fungal population in MS. . . . → Read More: Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part III, Strobilurin-Resistant Frogeye Leaf Spot in Mississippi

In-Season Use of Sharpen in Rice

Residual control of Palmer amaranth with Sharpen at 2 oz/A.  Area on right treated with Sharpen.  Area on left nontreated.

Supplemental labeling will allow in-season applications of Sharpen to rice in 2014. . . . → Read More: In-Season Use of Sharpen in Rice

Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part II, Choosing Fungicide Products and Rates

Fungicides have become an important management alternative for diseases such as frogeye leaf spot. However, with the addition of the strobilurin-resistant fungus responsible for frogeye leaf spot, caution must be taken when applying fungicides to not increase the likelihood of fungicide resistance from developing. The specific characteristics of the main fungicide classes labeled for application in soybean systems are outlined. In addition, a table that includes the specific components of the pre-mix products when the labeled rates are applied is included. . . . → Read More: Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part II, Choosing Fungicide Products and Rates

Prospective Planting and Grain Stocks Reports – A Summary

by: Brian Williams and John Michael Riley

Monday’s numbers from USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Prospective Plantings report and Grain Stocks report came in near expectations. The Prospective Plantings report uses surveys of producers from February 27 through March 18 to estimate the upcoming acreage allocation.

For 2014, U.S. corn acres are estimated to be 91.691 million acres, 1.057 to 1.323 million acres less than . . . → Read More: Prospective Planting and Grain Stocks Reports – A Summary

Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part I, Improving Disease Management Practices

Fungicide resistance has continued to be a hot topic during the off-season. Since 2010, fungicide resistance within the frogeye leaf spot fungal population has been documented in several states including Mississippi. To prevent the development of fungicide resistance from increasing several important steps can be followed. Several of these specific topics will be outlined in this three part series regarding fungicide resistance. . . . → Read More: Management Practices to Reduce the Development of Fungicide Resistance in Soybean: Part I, Improving Disease Management Practices

“Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution

bee aware flag 1

Recently several groups in Mississippi came together and developed then adopted a set of Cooperative Standards for row crop farmers and beekeepers in an effort to increase awareness of pollinator’s and create an environment where each could coexist while minimizing any adverse conditions to either operation. As a part of that program the “Bee Aware” flag was . . . → Read More: “Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution